Articles in the popular press ( 1 ), some of which refer to a "malpractice crisis," have brought the issues of medical malpractice to many consumers of health services. Their reactions to such articles1 (some of which are inaccurate and misleading) are almost certainly different from those of most physicians. Consumers may conclude that there is a "malpractice crisis" in the eyes of the medical profession and the insurance industry, precisely because patients who bring legal actions today against physicians are more successful in obtaining awards or settlements than in the past.
Consumers read of courts recognizing new legal rules
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